- Are you cutting/pasting/using filters on photos for this stuff? Isn\'t that how all digital artists do it?
It depends on the project. While I may look at photos for reference, I\'m hand painting a lot of things on the computer screen, canvas or paper. For instance, I looked at tons of pictures of Ayer\'s Rock in Australia at various times of day and in various weather conditions and as much imagery of indigenous people as I could get my paws on for my piece Kadaicha Man, but the actual art was all done by hand.
The only things I usually cut and paste together are my own designs and photos or stock photos which are legal to use. Yes, I sometimes use filters heavily for certain effects. I will also sometimes use the tubes that came with Paint Shop Pro to do quick backgrounds if I want to maintain my focus on the main figure. Even then, there is a large amount of postwork done to integrate those items into the piece. Where I HAVE done photo manipulation, it will usually say so.
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- Can I use your stuff on my web page or make tubes/tags/web set/stationery from it?
I don\'t currently allow any use of images in the main art site without licensing. At the moment, that does NOT include licensing for tubes, sig tags and such. I don\'t like for my work to be cut up, animated or otherwise mutilated and molested. While I\'m sure some folks find reworked art appealing and beautiful, my stuff simply was NOT intended for these uses. I\'d appreciate it if that wish is respected.
I\'ve looked into several tube and image licensing companies, but none of them seem interested in my work. Those that are have rules I don\'t agree with (such as allowing animations, which I don\'t want done) or require a production output that there is no way I could keep up with. If you want tubing and tagging use, you\'ll have to recommend me to your favorite licensing company so they\'ll contact me.
I may also look into Deviant Art\'s \"premium content\" system. I\'m not sure how well it would work for this sort of licensing, though. I\'ve not messed with it.
Keep in mind that this is currently my only means of income, so you are literally stealing food from my mouth if you steal my work. I DO have some stock photos and other freebies on Deviant art. Just make sure you follow the rules. http://aazari-resources.deviantart.com/
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- I\'ve seen your art being used without permission. What should I do?
First, make sure the site isn\'t listed among my authorized users. There are a few people/companies who have permission. There is a page linked on the main page which lists sites where my work appears by permission. Just click the \"For sites authorized to use, click here.
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If the site isn\'t listed, email me at using the Contact link with all the information you have on where you\'ve seen it. If you want to be extra nice you can save me a step by going to http://www.whois.com/whois/ and finding out who owns the domain you saw it on. Send that info to me as well. It helps me put legal action in the right direction. Note that NO ONE is authorized to offer my images in packages on CDs or in any other way via E-Bay except for a company called 3DRose. The only way to guarantee authenticity of an item on EBay is to buy from them or from me. My username on EBay is Aazari and I have NO others.
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- What programs do you use on your digital work?
Mostly Paint Shop Pro 6,9 and X as well as Corel Painter. I also use on occasion Adobe Photoshop Elements. I\'ve also added DAZ|Studio , Hexagon, Carara, Blender and Bryce to my art arsenal for use in posing certain things and getting an idea of how shadows fall, etc. Sometimes I will use a combination of the 3D rendered images and hand painting. It really depends on the project.
I\'ve recently added Manga Studio 5 to my arsenal and find it extremely useful for making patterns and line art especially.
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- Can I buy originals or prints of your art?
Sometimes. Keep an eye out in my galleries. Originals for sale say so on their pages. Images where I have Limited Edition archival prints to offer are also marked on their pages. Some images also have posters and other prints which are NOT Limited Edition available through the online shops. Images which are available in the online shops have links on their pages. When in doubt, you can always email me and ask.
Note that NO ONE is authorized to offer my images in packages on CDs or in any other way via E-Bay. The only way to guarantee authenticity of an item is to buy from me directly or from a panel at an artshow listed in my events schedule. My username on EBay is Aazari and I have NO others. Please report any other sellers who have my images to me so they can be dealt with accordingly.
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- Will you draw/paint/sculpt ______ for me?
Maybe. But I will warn you now, it won\'t be free or cheap. I charge $8/hour and require a minimum down payment of $75 before I will do anything. Tattoos are more expensive generally speaking because I feel they are very personal and that I shouldn\'t sell them. Thus, I need to make all my money in the payment for the design. Tats start at $100 and may go up from there depending on what you want. Also, I reserve the right to tell you I\'m not interested in a project and will NOT work on anything with a short deadline due to my health. So ask. The worst that will happen is I\'ll tell you no for whatever reason. Or I might be intrigued and say yes. :-)
Please note that when I take commissions I can no longer guarantee a deadline due to my health issues. I strive to get things done as quickly as possible, but I can only work as the body allows.
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- Do you mind if I make a desktop, icon or screensaver for myself from your images?
I don\'t mind it for personal use on your own computer, but you many not use them online or share then in any way. If you\'re looking for avatars, I have some work on AllAvatars.com . However their site has apparently been abandoned in a state that prevents loading new ones, so what is there is what you get for now. My work isn\'t allowed to be used online at all without asking permission first.
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- How come you don\'t have much of your writing on the site?
Various reasons. 1) My box of manuscripts got eaten by flood waters a long while back, so a lot was just completely lost. 2) I\'ve not been writing so much in recent times. 3) What I have been writing isn\'t okay to sell (fan fic). 4) I\'m starting to sell some stuff for Kindle. 5) I also prefer to have the writing I can offer up where people can comment so I get feedback.
Definitely check out my writing accounts if you want to see what I\'m doing in this realm. Also watch my blog (the news link). Sometimes I post silly things there, too.
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- I\'d like to use your art for a tattoo. Do you allow this?
I\'m disabled and the art is my only income, so if you go get my work put on you without paying me, you\'re stealing desperately needed money out of my wallet. Please respect me, my wishes and my art and don\'t steal from me! If you want to use my existing work as a tattoo, you need to do the following:
1. ASK FIRST. Some of my art I may not allow as tattoos. So please ASK. Don\'t be like the rude ass who had my Anubis tattooed on his forearm without asking and pissed me off!
2. Pay me a licensing fee of $100 (per image) once you have my okay to use the image. I\'ll let you know how to pay me when I give permission. After that, you may use ONLY the image (s) you specifically asked to use. If you want to use another later you MUST ask and pay again.
3. Make SURE you leave no copies of my work with your tattoo artist. I do NOT want my stuff ending up on someone\'s flash wall without my permission and without licensing fees being paid.
4. I want pictures of the finished tattoo! (I won\'t post them or anything unless you say I can. I just want to see.)
If you\'re wanting a custom tattoo design, I won\'t be able to help you with that as I\'m no longer taking such commission work due to illness making being on a deadline exceedingly difficult for me.
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- Why do you have some of your really old art on the site when it's not as good as your current work?
I want for people to see where I came from in relation to where I am now artistically. I feel it's encouraging to beginning artists to see that artists don't always start out making art that most people would consider "good". It's a process of learning and practice. By having a bit of a historical documentation of what I've done, I think it illustrates that point.
Plus, I'm just really fond of some of it. ;-)
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- Will you sell any of your older work?
It depends on the piece someone is interested in. A lot of the older art is damaged and really not in good shape for selling for various reasons (particularly the older pen and inks, pencils and watercolors). Some of it I simply won't sell at all. If you are truly interested in one of the older pieces that doesn't have mention of being available, please contact me using the "Contact" link on the site. For the most part, what is readily available says so on its page. Do note that larger canvases are going to cost a lot to ship if you aren't in my local area. So keep that in mind.
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- What is a Calaca?
Calacas are effigies of death used to decorate for the Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) festival in Mexico. While the festival honors those who have passed on, it also makes light of Death. The idea is that Death may take away the physical forms of those we love, but it is powerless because it cannot erase our love and happy memories. Calacas come in many forms: wood, papier mache, terra cotta and even found items such as parts from wrecked automobiles. In some villages, calacas may be made to represent prominent local figures and then set up in humorous tableaus showing those prominent people in ridiculous situations. Calacas are usually rather colorful and may be dressed in garish clothes and hats and even set in chairs at tables in cafes with a bottle of beer at their elbow. From complex to simplistic, the calaca has become an art form all its own in Mexico. Along with sugar skulls, they are among the most notable items associated with Dia de los Muertos.
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- Why do you make art? What made you get into it?
Some people start making art for praise, fame or money. Some people get into it because, if they don't, all the weird stuff in their heads will explode their skull. I'm that latter type. LOL It wasn't until I got into middle age and needed more money than I could make in dead end jobs in order to keep my health up that I started worrying about the money end over-much. I honestly really just don't care much if I'm ever "famous". For most artists that tends to happen after you're dead anyway. *shrug*
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- I would like to collaborate with you on a project. Do you do collaborations?
Honestly, the last collab I did was painting the whole side of a building with another teenager way back in high school. But, you're welcome to send me information on the project. Be as detailed as you can and be ready to answer a LOT of questions intelligently. If your project is interesting enough, within my skill set and not something where it will be a deadline crunch, I may say yes. You never know until you ask.
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- Do you do art trades?
Not really. Most of the artists whose works I would want for my collection are so far above me in skill that they probably wouldn\'t want my art. :-D Plus I really just don\'t have time for hobby/trade art. I have to worry about what I can sell because I need the income. I also live in a tiny 10x 10 room and my walls are currently full.
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- I see your art over on http://guide.alibaba.com. Does this mean I can order official merchandise through there by clicking that request quotations button?
No. All of the sites in the AliBaba Group are cesspits full of people making illegal copies of merchandise which they have not licensed. DO NOT BUY ANYTHING THROUGH THEM!! Aside from the merchandise being illegal copies, it\'s often shoddy or not sent at all and then getting your money back becomes worse than pulling teeth. Just save yourself the hassle and buy directly through my shops. In some cases, if you contact me, I may be able to get things for you at a discounted price if you\'re wanting to sell stuff in a booth or something like that.
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